Breaking News
Home / Jewish Life / What to Do with Sacred Texts Damaged in the Flood
You may be wondering, where can I take my damaged siddur (prayer book) and other sacred documents?

What to Do with Sacred Texts Damaged in the Flood

The recent weather and flooding have had myriad consequences and repercussions. One concern is what to do with damaged prayer books and other religious sacred texts?

Geniza, meaning reserved or hidden in Hebrew, is a place to store sacred texts and other documents after they are damaged and before they are buried in a Jewish cemetery.

You may be wondering, where can I take my damaged siddur (prayer book) and other sacred documents? And, what should be saved for burial?

If you have any sacred texts needing to be buried, please bring them to the following organizations who have graciously volunteered to serve as a geniza until these items can be buried. We have a few simple instructions to make the process easier: Ideally, please try to dry out the materials.  If still wet, they MUST be in HEAVY trash bags, and not cartons. If dry, please put them in cartons that can be lifted by you – not wheeled on a cart, but lifted.  That will ensure that our volunteers can lift them safely when it is time to transport them to the cemetery.

  • Congregation Har HaShem – Wednesday-Friday 10 am – 3 pm; Sunday 9 am – 11:00 am
  • Congregation Nevei Kodesh – Monday-Thursday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Friday 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
  • Chabad at the University of Colorado – during regular business hours; please drop off near the coat racks left of the entrance

Here is a definition of items that may help you when determining what to submit:

  • Torah scrolls, their mantles and sashes; tefillin, their straps, covers and bags; mezuzah scrolls, wrappings and cases; a parochet (cloth ark covering) and bima (Torah reading table) cover; tzitzit or tallit fringes; Torah books, their covers, dust jackets, slip covers or other parts.
  • Materials containing: (a) G‑d’s name, (b) three consecutive words of a biblical verse, when written on one line with the intent to quote the verse, or (c) other written or printed Torah ideas or laws. (From

We will be posting a subsequent article in the BJN when we know the date when the community will be going to the cemetery to bury these items.

If you have specific questions or want to help transport these items from the geniza to the cemetery, please contact Cynthia and Amy at


About Amy Atkins

Check Also

Jewish skiers attending the Adventure Rabbi menorah lighting at Copper Mountain, 12/24/12.

New Shabbat on Snow at Eldora Starts Soon

For the 2016-2017 season, the Adventure Rabbi Program introduces a new Shabbat on Snow format led by Elaine Barenblat.

Teens celebrate largest Shabbat dinner ever at BBYO International Convention, 2016. Photo by Jason Dixson Photography.

Hundreds of ‘Gamechangers’ Across the World to Celebrate an Unforgettable Shabbat with Jewish Teens

From the United States to the Balkans to Argentina and everywhere in between, more than 500 local BBYO chapters in hundreds of communities across 20 countries will take part in BBYO’s Global Shabbat 2016.